One of the best beaches not just in Devon, but in the country, a saunter on Saunton Sands delivers a golden, surf-stroked sun-splattered playground that extends along the North Devon coast for well over three miles. It is privately owned but publicly accessible, but best of all, beyond a tiny section close to the beach (which you can actually avoid altogether of you go through the dunes) your dog is free to hightail it along the sand completely lead-free all year round.
White horses roll in all day long, often with surfers, stand-up paddleboarders and kite surfers riding on their backs. Four-legged beach bums can play in the shallows, have a swim or explore the dunes of Braunton Burrows right behind the beach, an expansive landscape of shifting sands that represents a unique landscape with its own ecosystem. Or humans and hounds alike can simply run their little hearts out, with the wind in their ears, for the length of the beach, which at its southern end arrives at Crow Point, at mouth of the River Taw estuary. All in all it’s a spectacular place, with or without a dog.
Beach type: Sand
Dog information: You’re required to have your dog on a lead on the stretch of beach closest to the car park. Beyond this they can run free.